Recommended Reading

Below our some books which have most influenced me to continue on the path of mindfulness.

Based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s renowned mindfulness-based stress reduction program, this classic, groundbreaking work—which gave rise to a whole new field in medicine and psychology—shows you how to use medically proven mind-body approaches derived from meditation and yoga to counteract stress, establish greater balance of body and mind, and stimulate well-being and healing. A great book if you’re just starting your journey of mindfulness or if you’ve been on it for a while.

This book was written by my teacher, Diana Winston and her colleague Dr. Sue Smalley. Fully Present provides both a scientific explanation for how mindfulness positively and powerfully affects the brain and the body as well as practical guidance to develop both a practice and mindfulness in daily living, not only through meditation but also during daily experiences, such as waiting in line at the supermarket, exercising, or facing difficult news.

One of the best books I’ve ever read on self compassion. I think this little exceprt from the book sums it up nicely:
For many of us, feelings of deficiency are right around the corner. It doesn’t take much–just hearing of someone else’s accomplishments, being criticized, getting into an argument, making a mistake at work–to make us feel that we are not okay. Beginning to understand how our lives have become ensnared in this trance of unworthiness is our first step toward reconnecting with who we really are and what it means to live fully.
–from Radical Acceptance

I’m a big neuroscience nerd. If you are someone who wants to understand why the human brain works the way it does and why meditation works, this book is for you! In the Buddha Brain, Rick Hanson contends that “If you change your brain, you can change your life.” Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain, and more and more, we are learning that it’s possible to strengthen positive brain states.

Wonderful book on Mindful Eating. Eating with Fierce Kindness is not a diet, but a way to revolutionize how you think about yourself and about food. Eating with fierce kindness and compassion toward yourself, instead of shame and self-blame, will empower you to change your relationship to food and see yourself in a whole new light.